May 18th, 2014
09:45 AM ET
7 months ago

Deval Patrick on Hillary Clinton: 'I worry a little bit'

(CNN) – Gov. Deval Patrick said he's concerned that the early attention surrounding Hillary Clinton's potential 2016 presidential bid could spoil her prospects.

Asked on CNN's "State of the Union" if he thinks the former secretary of state will go "all the way" in 2016, the Massachusetts Democrat said, "I don't know."

"I guess I worry a little bit,” he continued. “She's an enormously capable candidate and leader. But I do worry about the inevitability thing, because I think it's off-putting to the average...voter."

Patrick noted that Clinton was considered the early-on favorite for the 2008 Democratic presidential primary as well but was famously bested by then-Sen. Barack Obama.

"As an enthusiastic Democrat, I just hope that the people around her pay attention to that this time around," Patrick told CNN's chief political correspondent Candy Crowley.

Patrick’s own name has been floated as a possible candidate if Clinton doesn't run for the nomination.

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza wrote last week that the two-term governor "is a gifted speaker who would likely play well among activists on the stump. And, if he was the lone African American candidate in a Hillary-less field, Patrick would have a major leg up."

Patrick, whose term ends in 2015 and who's not seeking re-election, didn't rule out running for president himself one day–though he said now isn't "the time that's right for me."

"I may yet run," he said. "There was all this speculation because a whole lot of people said you really ought to think of that. And I appreciated that, and I said publicly that I've been asked by a lot of people to think about that, and that turned into news.  Who knew?"

Patrick said he "probably" won't endorse anyone in the 2016 Democratic primary but will "help the nominee if the nominee wants my help."

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, also expressed some concern about Clinton maintaining a high profile years before the election.

"This is hard for me, because I did talk with her and thought it would be better that she not get out there early, because her favorability was so high that all that could happen in this is go down - because somebody would do the stupid things that Karl Rove has just done,” she said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Rove stirred controversy last week when he brought up Clinton's concussion and blood clot in December 2012 as a potential liability. Clinton’s spokesman and husband, former President Bill Clinton, responded sharply, saying she is "doing great." But Rove’s comments nonetheless renewed questions about whether Hillary Clinton’s health will become an issue in 2016.

Regardless of her timeline, Clinton would be a strong candidate if she decides to run, Feinstein added Sunday.

“We would have someone in the White House who would have a real background in foreign policy - and I think that's critical at this point in the world, with Russia expanding, with Africa becoming real problems from a terror point of view, and on and on and on,” said Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Gov. Jerry Brown, D-California, also said Sunday that being considered a frontrunner in the early stages has its disadvantages.

"Whether it's a good thing or not, it does carry with it risks. Being a frontrunner is being on a perch that everyone else is going to try to knock you off of," he said on ABC's "This Week."

"So she's there," he continued. "She's got the capacity. But like any frontrunner, she has to be cautious and wise in how she proceeds forward."

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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Lizzie

    Yes, she will, elect the FIRST women as President. Qualified or not.

    May 18, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Hey GOP, your LOSEING voters not gaining voters like the dems, thanks to the slugs that represent you like Carl rove the professional LiER and bill crystal the clown on gorge stefinoplous this morning. I think you should consider REPLACEMENTS after you lose AGAIN in 2014 AND 2016!!!!!

    May 18, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Gunderson

    Uh,
    It isn't the tornado surrounding Hillary. It is her Track Record that is exposing her. Salivoo !!

    May 18, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Gov Patrick should just take a big breath and relax. The inevitably factor won't be in play for 2016. Hillary will smash the glass ceiling and win big because she is the right person at the right time to become President of the USA.

    May 18, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Winston Smith

    He needs to have more faith in the people. Hopefully, the people will get out and vote. It's more important now, than at anytime in recent past. VOTE.

    May 18, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. paulina

    As a woman, Hillary doesn't meet my standards. Hillary has a lot of baggage, starting with the fact that she's over-rated,
    not as intelligent as she's cracked-up to be, and she's a Liar and even got fired from a law job because she hid evidence and lied.
    She Flunked the D.C. Bar Exam, got her license in Arkansas instead
    Hillary is NOT my choice for President. I don't care whether we have a male president or female.
    We need a President who's Qualified, has background of success as a problem solver, a background in the free market would help too.

    May 18, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. Angel

    Is she gonna run the country from a residence home for the elderly? lol

    May 18, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. Thomas

    Gov. Deval Patrick , Dont Worry , Be Happy !

    Rand Paul / Rick Perry 2016
    Aqua Buddha Bros , Guns and Roses

    May 18, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  9. John

    It did not surprised me but a bit disappointed that another woman could have so much hate and animosity against her own gender. Only an ignorant person with low self-esteem would make such despicable comments about Hillary. As a man, I know how many struggles a woman has to go thru before going to the top. It does not matter whether it is equal pay in the workforce or promotions in military, equal choices and soon, the most powerful ones always look down on them. I wonder if Paulina likes herself? She must have a lot of baggages to deal wilth to hate herself so much.

    May 18, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Hillary has a lot more of an uphill battle, than most Dems are willing to admit.

    May 18, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  11. Victor Edwards

    Deval is saying nothing different that what a lot of us traditional Democratic voters are thinking. Hillary is so yesterday, and we are in no mood for more of the same. Hillary showed a serious vulnerability when she ran and lost against a black newcomer. If the Republicans were smart enough to run a reasonable and moderate candidate, she will lose again. But I don't expect or believe that the Republicans are able to do so, so I am prepared to stay at home if Hillary is a candidate and see what happens. A life-long Democratic voter, I will NOT vote for Hillary.

    May 18, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. What's in that Tea Anyway?

    so...what is the alternative? put a GOP/Tea Potty in the white house....really? The majority of Americans aren't dumb enough to believe the crap these folks are shoveling. Nobody knows if Hillary will run, but regardless this country will vote Democrat for the white house in perpetuity. The GOP/Tea Potty base of old angry scared white men bigots days are numbered.

    May 18, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Thomas Harold Richards

    Hillary is a fine role model for young women.
    If your husband has power and cheats on you... Screw you dignity and self-worth... Power is more inportant.

    May 18, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. 2_indy1600

    Exactly how many votes for President does the Council on Foreign Relations get come 2016? Sure she'll do well if no one examines the record of Pardon Gate that she and her Hubby cooked up in the last day of his presidency, along with the crooks they handed over to Obama to "help" him out.

    May 18, 2014 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Bea

    How is her popularity her fault? She keeps saying (Bill too) that we need to focus on the 2014 elections and that she hasn't yet made up her mind to run in 2016. The media is pushing this meme and Republicans too. What do Patrick and Feinstein expect Hillary to do, stay home and hide for the next year or so? She's leading her life as a private citizen as she sees fit.

    May 18, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  16. KC

    Gov Patrick, I understand your concerns. However, if Secretary Clinton decides to run, I'm sure that their camp learned their lesson from the 2008 campaign. If you play your cards right, you may be in line for the VP slot and then the big cheese. Stick with Mrs. Clinton, she's a winner.

    May 18, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. frank ward

    Hilary has been running for president since before bill was elected, she will continue to do so and become even more popular if the gop does not like her only more reason she will win, she will win with the womens vote and minorities , now majorities, A Castro from Texas will seal the deal.

    May 18, 2014 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  18. Of Course

    End game for the f i l t h y democrats – its all over. GOP will take Senate and the Choklit Jesus will be dethroned.

    May 18, 2014 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  19. Of Course

    GOP will take over in November

    May 18, 2014 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. Gurgyl

    Yes, on Hillary16.

    May 18, 2014 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  21. Buc Weat

    Plain is history... History

    May 18, 2014 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  22. Hillary Clinton - Butcher of Benghazi

    "I guess I worry a little bit,” he continued. “She's an enormously capable candidate and leader.
    --

    I am sure the 4 Americans she got killed in Benghazi would take great exception to this outrageous statement. It is clear the Democrats are willing to ignore even deadly mistakes by these incompetent people (as in the VA, Fast & Furious) in order to vote for party over country and competence. They would vote for the chimp that ate their owners face if it ran for office with a D next to it.

    May 19, 2014 12:24 am at 12:24 am |